Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Infinite Art Tournament, Round Two: Dix v. ...Braque!!

On June 30, 2012, the First Round match between Brancusi and Braque was declared a tie, and so Bronzino was pitted against Ford Maddox Brown, and a gazillion other little adjustments happened in the Tournament brackets.

Then, last week, on March 18, 2013 -- at 6:42 a.m. on March 18, 2013 -- Chuckdaddy left a comment saying that the count was off, that Braque had won fair and square.  And he was right.

This raises a serious question.  To wit: What the hell is Chuckdaddy up to, that he's counting votes for last year's contests at sunrise on a Monday morning?  Also, to a lesser extent, what should we do about Brancusi and Braque?

The answer: take advantage of a tie between Dobson and Van Doesburg and just slip 'em right back into the brackets.  It is an irregular and arbitrary measure, and thus perfectly fair and in the spirit of the Tournament as a whole.  Dobson and Van Doesburg will join the pool of artists who will eventually face the winners of the Play-In Tournament.

Members of the jury, I give you: our first real alphabet-spanning contest!

Otto Dix

Beat Jim Dine in a clash of the artists with seven-letter names in Round 1.


Georges Braque
1882 - 1963

Defeated Modernist sculptor Constantin Brancusi in Round 1 in a thrilling come-from-behind one-vote dust-up! YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!
Languished for the better part of a year after the victory was miscalculated as a tie.
Was reintroduced with Brancusi back into the brackets in the place of the Dobson/Van Doesburg tie, which really does seem to be a tie.


Vote for the artist of your choice in the comments, or any other way that works for you. Commentary and links to additional work are welcome. Polls open for at least one month past posting.


Nichim said...

Ick. I abstain. Or I vote no on both of them.

Elizabeth said...

M. Braque, merci.

Christine M. said...


Chuckdaddy said...

A southern vice dork's job is never done! A vote for the reincarnated (sort of) Braque, who will be inspired by this slight to go far.

gS49 said...

I can't believe I'm voting for Braque, but I could never tolerate Dix on my wall.

mrs.5000 said...

Braque! I like the crazy co-invention of cubism, and especially his later work with all the billiard tables and pretty colors.

pfly said...

Georges Braque nailed it.

Jenners said...


Morgan said...

I actually enjoy Braque, and while I like the newest Dix I rather don't for the two we've already seen.


Michael5000 said...

By email: "Love Braque, hate Dix. Ergo, a vote for Braque."

Michael5000 said...

And I'm pretty darned fond of Braque myself. Especially this one.

pfly, I saw what you did there.

lamanyana said...

Dix - grudgingly.

Candida said...


Michael5000 said...

The landmark Cubist wins and gets credit for it right away this time, taking his re-entry match with a score of 8-4. He'll move on to an interesting battle of the abstractions this week, while Dix will be waiting to see whether he faces Denis or Derain in his next outing.